065 West Coast Trail with Sherry Winslow

Sherry Winslow is fresh off the West Coast Trail and I was very curious to hear a hikers perspective of the hike. She describes the trail on the second half of this shorter episode, talking about the tides, the trees and the camping details.

To start out the episode, I asked Sherry to tell the story about her trail name Night Rider. Also, she had just finished through hiking the Enchantments while the trail was mostly covered in snow. We talked about the dangers and need for hiker awareness descending steep grades covered with snowpack.

056 Tarptent Talk with Owner Henry Shires

Henry Shires created a tarp style tent for his Pacific Crest Trail thru hike in 1999 and this was the beginning of what would become his company Tarptent

He mentions how his products have changed from single walled tarps to a multitude of double wall styles. Even the name Tarptent is not very accurate because of this transition.

The videos will show you how a tent can have only one pole and two stakes... It was an eye opener for me!

If you haven't been, I highly recommend checking out their website: https://www.tarptent.com

When you find a style that you like, enter CASCADE HIKER PODCAST on the line for "how did you hear about us" at checkout and let Henry know that his time was well spent here.

048 Three Fingers Mountain Author Malcolm Bates

In 1987, Malcolm Bates published the book Three Fingers: The Mountain, The Men and a Lookout. Three Fingers Mountain is the most recognizable peak seen from nearly anywhere in the I-5 corridor of Snohomish County, though non-hikers may not even know its name. 

Bates recounts the history he learned while researching the lookout atop the South "finger".  A chance encounter with Harold Engles, the man whose persistence is responsible for the placement of the lookout, while Bates was running a fifty mile trail run through the Glacier Peak Wilderness. In the years to follow Bates and Engles would met for an interview that was the spark plug for the book.

The way that Bates describes his meeting of the major role players of these early days in Darrington and the surrounding mountains is unforgettable. Listen to hear him describe Harold Engles, Harry Tucker, Harland Eastwood, Ed Towne, Harold Weiss, and the Bedal sisters Edith and Jean.